• WordNet 3.6
    • n penetrator an intruder who passes into or through (often by overcoming resistance)
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  • Walter Benjamin
    “Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.”
  • William J. Durant
    “Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.”
  • Gerard De Nerval
    Gerard De Nerval
    “Our dreams are a second life. I have never been able to penetrate without a shudder those ivory or horned gates which separate us from the invisible world.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.”
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?”
  • Sir Thomas Beecham
    Sir Thomas Beecham
    “Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.”


In literature:

But I knew that even in the clearest waters the solar rays could not penetrate further.
"Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne
With an effort she roused herself to see what it was that penetrated her consciousness.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
Humorous satire, often penetrating and ruddy with actuality.
"Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest" by J. Frank Dobie
He had penetrating, candid eyes that looked dark in the gaslight but were steel-blue.
"The Cost" by David Graham Phillips
Gale fetched the padre, a little, weazened, timid man who was old and without interest or penetration.
"Desert Gold" by Zane Grey
Matilda seemed penetrated with confusion.
"The Monk; a romance" by M. G. Lewis
The missile penetrated the central tendon of the diaphragm and lodged in the lung.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Upward, and behind, and on each side, I threw penetrating glances.
"Wieland; or The Transformation" by Charles Brockden Brown
Their eyes are sunk and penetrating, and their hair very little longer than that of the Negroes, but curling in larger locks.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
By the time their joint column had penetrated well into Orinoco, the three leaders were at odds with each other.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson

In poetry:

I wish I knew just what to say,
To introduce this part;
Its on my mind both night and day,
It penetrates my heart.
"Children's Corner" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Original French:
Il pleure dans mon coeur
Comme il pleut sur la ville;
Quelle est ce langueur
Qui penetre mon coeur?
"Ariettes Oubliees" by Paul Verlaine
Swift as the lightnings blaze
When aweful thunders roll,
It fills the conscience with amaze,
And penetrates the soul.
"The Word Quick And Powerful" by John Newton
There is a smile of practiced art,
More false than treason's kiss;
But penetrate that dual heart,
And hear the serpent's hiss.
"Smiles." by Alfred Castner King
Oh, Ignorance!
Thou art fallen man's best friend! With thee he speeds
In frigid apathy along his way.
And never does the tear of agony
Burn down his scorching cheek; or the keen steel
Of wounded feeling penetrate his breast.
"Fragment" by Henry Kirke White
So I exist in all that doth surround
And penetrate me:--all this grassy ground,
These hidden paths, and many a copse of beech:
Clear water, that no clouding shadows reach:
You have become to me
Myself, because you are my memory.
"Joy" by Emile Verhaeren

In news:

Researchers have found that a common soil mineral can penetrate the prion and degrade the protein.
This layer is called the reference depth or current penetration depth,?.
High penetration levels on intermittent renewables require a more sophisticated grid.
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NEARLY five years after becoming the United States ambassador to Moscow in 1957, Llewellyn Thompson had made little headway in penetrating the mysteries of decision-making inside the Kremlin.
Broadband penetration is in the 70s, and you've got your cable TV in the 80s, and wireless in the 90s.
We had been paddling for hours in a cold, penetrating Alaskan drizzle.
If anyone could take a measured and penetrating view of the nuances of the guru scene in India and elsewhere—those affairs of the heart that can seem a form of spiritual imperialism—it would surely be Anita Desai.
The F-117 Nighthawk was a star of Operation Desert Storm, famous for penetrating Baghdad's heavily defended airspace.
Couple penetrates White House security to get into state dinner.
BP's Dispersant Allowed Oil To Penetrate Beaches More Deeply.
Congolese rebels penetrate Goma, take airport.
AMD Must Penetrate Mobile or Perish.
Despite Claims, Nanoparticles Can't Penetrate Skin.
The popular service's peer-to-peer technology could penetrate firewalls and enable people to talk from one PC to another for free.

In science:

In the usual picture one would cut out the quantum region (or the place of the classical singularity) and consider the future space-time without allowing penetration through that region.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
As in molecular clouds, cosmic rays can cause ionization if the surface density is low enough for them to penetrate (cosmic rays can penetrate densities up to 150 gcm−2 (Umebayashi & Nakano 1981)).
Turbulence driven diffusion in protoplanetary disks - chemical effects in the outer disk
For He 2-436, the dense sector has a very small thickness which suggests that the ionization front has barely penetrated the high density inner shell.
The Planetary Nebula population of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
We consider the penetration length l of random walkers diffusing in a medium of perfect or imperfect absorbers of number density ρ.
Distance traveled by random walkers before absorption in a random medium
D+2 , at time t. regions being of typical size L ∼ (t/ρ) Another important question is the determination of the penetration or screening length l, which measures the average distance between the starting point and the absorption point.
Distance traveled by random walkers before absorption in a random medium